VIDEO: NASA releases footage of a huge plasma explosion on sun’s surface

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 11:13am

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 11:15am

NASA has released stunning images of massive explosions on the surface of the sun.

The images were captured in late April by instruments aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Unlike a solar flare, this material is a small, hovering mass of twisted plasma that shifts back and forth before erupting into space.

The SDO is a satellite that's in orbit around the Earth, with sensors pointed at the sun to take a variety of measurements of the sun and solar activity. 

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